Steve Ballmer http://www.kplu.org en Would Sterling Lawsuit Expose NBA Secrets? http://www.kplu.org/post/would-sterling-lawsuit-expose-nba-secrets <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154092436&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The $2 billion sale of the L.A. Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is in limbo. Embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling is moving forward with his lawsuit against the NBA, saying he was forced unfairly to sell the team after his racist comments were made public.</p><p>Sterling this week called the NBA "a band of hypocrites and bullies" and "despicable monsters." And the <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ap-source-donald-sterling-hires-investigators">Associated Press reports</a> he's now hired several private investigators to dig up dirt on NBA commissioners and his fellow owners.</p><p>Does the NBA have anything to hide? KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says there's a crack in the NBA's case. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17120 at http://www.kplu.org Would Sterling Lawsuit Expose NBA Secrets? Ballmer Reaches Deal To Buy Clippers For $2 Billion, Won't Move Them To Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/ballmer-reaches-deal-buy-clippers-2-billion-wont-move-them-seattle <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151954427&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has reportedly reached a deal to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion. Sources told ESPN and other media that the agreement was signed Thursday night by the family trust of embattled owner Donald Sterling and has been sent to the NBA for final approval.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it’s not good news for Seattle.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16869 at http://www.kplu.org Ballmer Reaches Deal To Buy Clippers For $2 Billion, Won't Move Them To Seattle How Sterling Scandal Could Get Seattle's Ballmer Inside The NBA http://www.kplu.org/post/how-sterling-scandal-could-get-seattles-ballmer-inside-nba <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147550463&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5 million for racist comments that were made public, basketball fans in Seattle are wondering whether the Clippers might be sold and moved to the city.</span></p><p>"Almost zero chance. I don't see that happening," said&nbsp;KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel. But he says there may be a chance for retired Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to get his foot in the door of the NBA.</p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16356 at http://www.kplu.org How Sterling Scandal Could Get Seattle's Ballmer Inside The NBA Gates Chokes Up at Ballmer's Shareholder Goodbye http://www.kplu.org/post/gates-chokes-ballmers-shareholder-goodbye <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates choked up while reading from prepared remarks during Steve Ballmer's final shareholders meeting as chief executive.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The co-founder of the software giant said progress was being made to find Ballmer's replacement and he thanked him for serving as CEO for the last 13 years. Only Gates and Ballmer have led Microsoft Corp. since its founding 38 years ago.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">Ballmer announced in August that he’ll step down within the year.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:24:17 +0000 The Associated Press 11151 at http://www.kplu.org Gates Chokes Up at Ballmer's Shareholder Goodbye Ballmer Gets Less than 'A' Grade in Compensation http://www.kplu.org/post/ballmer-gets-less-grade-compensation <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">Microsoft CEO Steve </span>Ballmer<span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;"> was awarded 79 percent of his target bonus for the year through June as the software giant cited falling profits for its Windows division and sluggish sales of the Surface tablet.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:15:03 +0000 The Associated Press 10265 at http://www.kplu.org Ballmer Gets Less than 'A' Grade in Compensation Microsoft at a Crossroads http://www.kplu.org/post/microsoft-crossroads <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Microsoft CEO Steve </span>Ballmer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/aug13/08-23announcementpr.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">will retire</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sometime in the next 12 months, and there’s plenty of speculation about who will succeed him.</span></p><p>But <a href="http://www.stratnews.com/" target="_blank">Strategic News Service </a>publisher and KPLU technology commentator Mark Anderson says there are more important issues at stake.</p><p>Before making that new hire, Mark says Microsoft needs to do two things: refocus its brand, and restructure its top level of management.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Mark Anderson 10088 at http://www.kplu.org Microsoft at a Crossroads Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Resign within 12 Months http://www.kplu.org/post/microsoft-ceo-steve-ballmer-resign-within-12-months <div><p>Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who succeeded founder Bill Gates as CEO, will retire within the next 12 months.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The world's biggest software company did not name a successor, but one long-time Microsoft watcher says h</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">e expects the company to hire its next chief from within.</span></p><p>Microsoft Corp.'s stock rose more than 7 percent after the news.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:03:36 +0000 Ashley Gross & Associated Press 9735 at http://www.kplu.org Preview: A hit with fans, Seattle arena deal goes under council scrutiny next week http://www.kplu.org/post/preview-hit-fans-seattle-arena-deal-goes-under-council-scrutiny-next-week <p>A planned rally for Sonics fans at 4 p.m. today in Occidental Park is perhaps taking on even more significance, with word this week that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and two members of the Nordstrom family are among the investors behind the plan to bring the Sonics back to Seattle with a proposed new arena. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 19:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 5280 at http://www.kplu.org Preview: A hit with fans, Seattle arena deal goes under council scrutiny next week Arena investors revealed: Ballmer and Nordstroms back the project http://www.kplu.org/post/arena-investors-revealed-ballmer-and-nordstroms-back-project <p>The team backing a new sports arena in Seattle began coming into focus today, with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and two members of the Nordstrom family putting their money behind the proposed venue. They&rsquo;re the <a href="http://www.sonicsarena.com/uploads/Arena_Investor_Letter.pdf">first to go public </a>as part of hedge fund manager Chris Hansen&rsquo;s team of private investors.</p><p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 22:59:02 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5273 at http://www.kplu.org Arena investors revealed: Ballmer and Nordstroms back the project The agony of Steve Ballmer: From Monkey Boy to mogul? http://www.kplu.org/post/agony-steve-ballmer-monkey-boy-mogul <p>No question, Steve Ballmer has always been a mogul, it just hasn&rsquo;t seemed like it in the media. For instance, there&rsquo;s all that &ldquo;monkey boy&rdquo; business on YouTube that so far has been watched 4,078,680 times.</p><p>Then there was the guy who made international news by calling for Ballmer to be fired.</p><p>Now, though, the love is on. In a long and humanizing article in Business Week today, Ballmer gets his due as the man at the top of a resurgent Microsoft.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 22:13:44 +0000 Jake Ellison 3708 at http://www.kplu.org The agony of Steve Ballmer: From Monkey Boy to mogul?